Expert Instructors

Personalized, side-by-side coaching from top anglers

Marlin Expeditions’ expert-level instructors deliver comprehensive techniques to hook, fight and release your own billfish with hands-on, personalized, side-by-side coaching in real-world bluewater conditions.

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CAPT. JEN COPELAND

Copeland is our lead instructor, is the senior editor of Marlin, and a 20-plus-year marine- industry professional. She has been the lead on two new-boat builds, the project manager of many refits, and possesses a genuine love for sportboats and fishing. Having worked as a dockmaster, deckhand, captain, assistant tournament director, freelance writer and copy editor, Copeland still fishes competitively for sailfish in her home waters of South Florida and for big game wherever her travels might take her.

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CAPT. DOUG COVIN

A second-generation captain, Covin grew up on his father’s charter boat at the famed Bud N’ Mary’s marina in Islamorada, Florida. Covin began working as a mate on some of the industry’s top tournament boats traveling year-round, and began his captain’s career in 2000, fishing from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to the Gulf and East Coasts of the US. A previous Hatterascal captain, a Bahamas Billfish Championship winner, and a three-time Billfish Foundation release award winner, Covin now runs a corporate-owned boat out of Palm Beach.

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DEBBI DAVID

Co-owner of L&H Sportfishing in Miami, Florida, Debbi and her husband, Capt. Jimmy David, have three extremely fishy children, each of whom are accomplished fishermen in their own right. Debbi grew up in South Florida and has been fishing since childhood in some of the best billfish destinations the world has to offer—South Florida, Oregon Inlet, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Isla Mujeres, St. Thomas, Cape Verde, and Hawaii—and continues to be a tournament angler to be reckoned with, seemingly immune to the stressors of the competitive arena, and racking up numerous tournament victories in her favor.

Headshot of Fishing Expert Laurel David

CAPT. LAUREL DAVID

David was born and raised in South Florida and has acquired five world records to her credit as a junior angler, amassed multiple tournament wins as Top Female and Top Junior angler. She has traveled around the world hunting billfish in the continental US, Hawaii, Cape Verde, Guatemala, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Bahamas, Cabo San Lucas and Magdalena Bay. David recently acquired her USCG 100-ton Master Merchant Mariner credential.

Headshot of Fishing Expert Brad Goodrich

CAPT. BRAD GOODRICH

Based out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Goodrich has been a full-time freelance captain and crew member for over 15 years, which has allowed him the opportunity to fish and work side by side with some of the best tournament teams in the best fishing locales on the planet, helping to mold him into a world-class team player and teacher. From grunts to granders, or from novice anglers to the most experienced fishermen, Goodrich makes learning the art of angling both challenging and fun; he is also one of our most tournament-winning instructors.

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CAPT. BO JENYNS

Jenyns was born into a fishing family in Brisbane, Australia. His father, Capt. Ron Jenyns, won nine consecutive Australian sailing championships, represented Australia at three Olympic Games, and was a pioneer of the Great Barrier Reef black marlin fishery. Since he was 16 years old, Jenyns’ father taught him everything he knows about marlin fishing, prompting him to spend his next 17 years on the the Great Barrier Reef. He’s traveled the world’s finest big-game fishing grounds, including Ghana, Madeira, Kona, Bermuda, Mexico, and the US East and Gulf Coasts in search of giant marlin. Jenyns has released nearly 2,000 marlin and weighed many granders over the course of his career.

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CAPT. ANDREW KENNEDY

Like many offshore-fishing careers that begin on the charter docks, Kennedy’s began at the famed Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Known to his friends as “Sheepdog,” his discipline, reliable reputation and relentless work ethic quickly propelled him from the charter sector to the private sector, where he especially excelled at tournament fishing. Working around the world—Azores, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Mexico, to name a few—Kennedy has developed a set of skills that any fisherman would admire, including those that encompass light-tackle, world-record fishing and heavy-tackle trolling. His biggest heavy-tackle accomplishment? A 1,075-pound blue marlin he captured in the Azores.

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TYLER “SQUID” MORRIS

Based in Palm Beach, Florida, Morris was born and raised in the Florida Keys and grew up charter fishing with his dad, Capt. David Morris, out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina in Islamorada. Fishing is in his blood: Morris’ mother landed a 500-pound blue marlin when she was seven months pregnant with him. He started washing boats in elementary school; enamored by them, and the fish they brought in, he has learned from some of the Keys’ greatest, such as Capts. Alex Adler, Paul Ross and Scott Stanczyk. Morris started tournament fishing at age 11, and has since traveled the world marlin fishing up and down the Atlantic Seaboard, in Bermuda, Cape Verde, Australia, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas. Be fast, they don’t bite all day! is his credo and enjoys passing on the skills and knowledge of his lifelong passion in a fun and upbeat way.

Headshot of Fishing Expert Charles Perry

CHARLES PERRY

Touted as perhaps the best wireman today, Perry has been fishing since he was six years old. His father taught him to hunt and traded Sunday school for fishing; they didn’t catch anything they didn’t clean or shoot anything they didn’t eat. After spending some time in Australia on leave during his service in Vietnam, he returned to the US in 1973, and the rest, they say, is history. Both tenacious and focused, Perry fought big blacks on the leader just as hard as the anglers did from the chair. He says that even with all the fish he’s seen, it’s the camaraderie that really makes fishing worthwhile, and “nothing is better than hanging out with a bunch of people who love the same things you do.”

Headshot of Fishing Expert Chessy Ricca

CHESSY RICA

A Palm Beach County native who is currently completing her Master’s degree in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, Ricca’s experience on the water is wide-ranging, from working on drift boats, private sport-fishermen and center-consoles, to fly-fishing, live-baiting, and drift-fishing for sailfish. She’s also worked the legendary Silver Sailfish Derby for multiple years and has fished numerous KDW tournaments. While she holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine art, Ricca is also an accomplished fly-fisherman and artist, known for her oil paintings of old-Florida scenes, as well as inshore and offshore fishes.

Headshot of Fishing Expert Sam White

SAM WHITE

White is the editor-in-chief of Marlin. He grew up offshore fishing in southeastern North Carolina and the famed Outer Banks before moving to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 2002 to continue the pursuit of his two biggest passions: fishing and writing. An avid tournament angler, he’s won several events in Mexico and Central America, and his love of travel has taken him to some of the most far-flung, big-game locations this planet has to offer, including Myanmar, Cape Verde and the islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2022, White completed the IGFA Royal Billfish Slam by catching nine species of billfish in his lifetime.

Headshot of Fishing Expert Pete Zabinski

CAPT. PETER ZABINSKI JR.

In 1981, Zabinski started fishing with his dad and brother in the Abacos, Bahamas. Twenty-one years later, his career as a professional freelance captain and mate has led him to the corners of the world most have only dreamed of. Throughout his travels to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central America, Mexico and the Azores, Zabinski has been privy to many tournament wins and world records, including five on fly: Men’s 8-pound tippet Pacific blue marlin, men’s 8-pound tippet striped marlin, women’s 16-pound tippet Pacific blue, women’s 4-pound Pacific sailfish and women’s 2-pound tippet Pacific sail. He feels extremely fortunate to have a career that he loves, because “if you really enjoy what you do, then it’s not really a job.”